If you live in a climate that allows for dining outdoors in late fall, you can plan an outdoor Thanksgiving dinner that will immerse your guests in the beautiful autumn season.
In traditional paintings of the first Thanksgiving, the event is always showcased outdoors amidst the abundant harvest and spectacular autumn foliage. If you’re considering celebrating Thanksgiving outdoors this year, the following tips can help you create a memorable holiday for all.
Naturally, if you’re eating outdoors, you’ll need a table for your feast. In fact, depending on the amount of company you’ll be inviting, you may need several outdoor tables. If you plan to purchase a new patio table, “contemporary teak” is always a good idea because of its ability to withstand the elements and look great while doing it. A long banquet-style table will certainly come in handy for Thanksgiving, but also other for other seasonal holidays and parties that you host in your backyard.
The main problem when it comes to serving food outdoors is keeping it all hot. However, if you plan ahead, you can ensure that you have hotplates for those items that need to be kept warm like your gravy boat or casseroles. Moreover, “when the turkey comes out of the oven it needs time to rest, which is the perfect opportunity for the vegetables to be gently reheated.” (1) You can also use chafing dishes to ensure that your food remains hot throughout the meal. Serve your hot foods in one area of the table so that you can more easily keep your eye on them through dinner.